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William Field Memorial Hart Montague Trail

It's done! Experience the joy of riding on 22-miles of smooth new asphalt on the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail.

After years of fundraising and planning, Michigan's first paved rail trail was completely rebuilt during the summer and fall of 2015 - widened to 10 feet, resurfaced with asphalt, and several bridges, crossings and other infrastructure reburbished to meet new federal ADA standards.

The name of the trail was also updated in 2014 to honor the late William Field, a local asparagus and cherry farmer who was the unstoppable force behind the creation of the trail.

Originally part of the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad, the rail corridor was built in 1872 to connect Pentwater to Grand Rapids. In 1982, William Field led an effort to convert the defunct C&O Railroad line into a recreational trail. After facing local opposition, he spent $175,000 of his own money to purchase the 22-mile strip of land between Hart and Montague, and then donated it to the Michigan DNR for use as a linear state park. His determination finally paid off, and in 1989, the first 11 miles of the trail was opened for the enjoyment of all.

This classic American rail trail travels along cherry and apple orchards, picture-postcard farms, woodlands and waterways. Connecting John Gurney Park in Hart to the twin cities of Montague and Whitehall, your journey takes you by clusters of wildflowers, flowing fields of asparagus, historic train depots and inviting ice cream stands. You'll find camping and lodging at both ends of the trail and restaurants and stores in all of the small towns along the way.

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Accommodations & Lodging
John Gurney Park John Gurney Park
407 State Street
Hart, MI 49420
(231) 873-4959
Web Link
Maple Tree Inn Maple Tree Inn
323 S. Mears Ave.
Whitehall, MI 49461
(231) 894-4091
Web Link
Bicycle & Fitness Shops
The Wood Shed Bike Shop The Wood Shed Bike Shop
1669 N. 56th Avenue
Mears, MI 49436
(231) 873-4338
Web Link
Food/Restaurants/Ice Cream
Book Nook and Java Shop Book Nook and Java Shop
8744 Ferry Street
Montague, MI 49437
(231) 894-5333
Web Link
Country Dairy Country Dairy
3476 S. 80th Ave.
New Era, MI 49446
(231) 861-4636 x119
Web Link
Ruth Ann's Ice Cream Ruth Ann's Ice Cream
605 Scenic Drive
N. Muskegon, MI 49445
(231) 744-8775
Web Link
Trail Groups and Developers
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

Web Link
Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
Web Link
West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
PO Box 325
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 485-7805
Web Link
Tourist Information
White Lake Chamber of Commerce White Lake Chamber of Commerce
124 Hanson Street
Whitehall, MI 49461
(231) 893-4585
Web Link
Trail Supporter
Consumers Energy Consumers Energy
One Energy Plaza
Jackson, MI 49201-2276

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DTE Energy DTE Energy



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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 334-9100
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Michigan Brewers Guild Michigan Brewers Guild
225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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